Same version on binary packages and updated ports

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Thu Dec 29 17:40:16 UTC 2011

On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 05:16:11PM +0100, Walter Alejandro Iglesias wrote:


I am not expert on all this, but can give a couple of impressions.

> Hello,
> I am giving my firsts steps with FreeBSD.

Welcome to FreeBSD.  It is a good system.

> I've searched a lot in google, mailing list, forums, freebsd
> handbook and I am still not clear about the following.
> In a RELEASE fresh install, after updating the ports using i.e.
> portsnap, the packages downloaded with pkp_add -r are older
> versions respect their port counterparts, leading to
> dependencies issues.  So, once the ports tree is updated:
> 1) Am I forced to compile all?

Anything that has changed and anything that depends on those things.
That can mean a lot of recompiling.

> 2) Should I use STABLE to get the same versions with pkg_add
> than compiling up to date ports?  Are STABLE packages compiled
> from this ports?

Check this page:

It's more accurate than what I started to wrie.

The ports tree and the OS release generally sync up when a RELEASE
comes out, but that soon begins to diverge as ports are changed.
Ports are worked on independently by port maintainers.   


> 3) In case my assumption above is correct; taking in care that
> in a production system it is advisable (handbook) to stay with
> RELEASE, should I avoid updating the ports tree in i.e. a server
> machine?  What to do with broken ports in this case?
> Resuming, is there a default way to install-update the software
> keeping ports and binary packages in one piece?  What is
> advisable in general terms for a desktop and what for a server?
> It will be enough for me if someone just point me to documentation.
> Big thanks
> 	Walter
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